The wildfire danger rating in the Lac La Biche Forest Area is HIGH.
Warm temperatures combined with wind have increased the wildfire danger rating to HIGH. At this time of year, standing grass is beginning to dry out or cure, increasing the risk of wildfire. Yesterday's grass fire in a ditch is an example of the risk from dry grass.
We have had 100 wildfires this season in the Lac La Biche forest area.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
If you have a campfire, remember to extinguish it before you leave. Don't leave a campfire to burn out by itself. Gusty winds can spread embers and stir abandoned campfires back to life. Take the time to soak it, stir the ashes and soak it again.
As the grass starts to dry out in the fall, the danger from wildfires started by off-highway vehicles increases. If you choose to drive an off-highway vehicle in Alberta’s forested areas please remember:
- OHV exhausts can get very hot, reaching temperatures of over 200 Celsius, causing debris caught near the exhaust to become superheated. This debris can potentially start a wildfire when it falls to the ground.
- It is crucial for Albertans to stop and check OHVs and the ground for any debris that may have fallen.
- Before you ride, clean any debris that has built up near the exhaust and muffler, under the seat, in wheel wells and around the engine.
- Always carry a small fire extinguisher, a collapsible shovel and water. These tools can help extinguish a wildfire and safely dispose of hot debris.
Thanks for doing your part to prevent wildfire.
For more information, please contact:
Wildfire Information Officer
- Alberta Wildfire
- Alberta Fire Bans
- FireSmart in Alberta
- Alberta Emergency Alerts
- Air Quality Health Index
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
- 511 Road Reports
- Emergency Preparation